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Is Ecolab Inc.(NYSE: ECL), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 1/5/1988. Ecolab Inc. is in the Cleaning Products industry and Consumer Goods sector. Average volume for Ecolab Inc., is 825.52, and so far today it has a volume of 607100. Performance year to date since the 1/5/1988 is 6.36%.

To help you determine whether Ecolab Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 37.69 and forward P/E is 24.1. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Ecolab Inc. has a value for PEG of 3.2. P/S ratio is 2.66 and the P/B ratio is 5.34. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 210.55 and 34.46 respectively.

At the current price Ecolab Inc. is trading at, 120.54 (0.44% today), Ecolab Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.16%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 42.50%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 3.2, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 12.78% after growing -15.40% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -13.10%, and -2.10% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 292.4, and the number of shares float is 290.22. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.40%, and institutional ownership is at 87.50%. The float short is 1.40%, with the short ratio at a value of 4.91. Management has seen a return on assets of 5.20%, and also a return on investment of 9.40%.

The ability for Ecolab Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1, and quick ratio is 0.7. Long term debt/equity is 0.77 and total debt/equity is 1.04. In terms of margins, Ecolab Inc. has a gross margin of 47.50%, with its operating margin at 11.50%, and Ecolab Inc. has a profit margin of 7.20%.

The 52 week high is -2.97%, with 23.36% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -0.24% and the 200 day simple moving average is 5.61%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.


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